As I was driving home from work tonight after a very long day, Brett called me on my cell (yes, I was wearing a bluetooth). He told me that Jackson was lame on his left hind. Brett was feeding when he got home from work and noticed Jackson standing, with the hoof cocked, refusing to move. Brett had to use Jackson's halter and lead to bring him into the barn and it was a long, slow process. Step, grunt, rest. Step, grunt, rest.
The headache I had been fighting all day suddenly intensified.
Jackson had been almost sound on the right front yesterday morning when I longed him. Sound at walk; very slightly off at trot. I was looking forward to full recovery and getting back in the saddle - maybe by the weekend.
I guess not.
When I got home, well after dark, I went down to the barn. There isn't any swelling in the leg or heat or bounding pulse. Hoof testers.... you got it. Positive. Heavy, heavy sigh. I gave him some bute and a big hug. He nudged my pocket for cookies. I scratched his shoulder crease. And gave him another hug.
I'll wrap it in a poultice filled diaper in the morning if it is still sore. And hopefully I'll have a more positive post tomorrow night.